Monarchs Combine Potent Pitching and Hitting Firepower for Tough Doubleheader Sweep vs. Clemente

Jul 09 2017 ABCCL League News | Comments Off on Monarchs Combine Potent Pitching and Hitting Firepower for Tough Doubleheader Sweep vs. Clemente

By ABCCL Media Staff

Monmouth Junction, NJ – Following the ABCCL All-Star Game break, the Monmouth Monarchs returned to action with two solid performances against the Clemente Baseball Club at Sondex Park in Monmouth Junction.

 Game One

The Monarchs used the long ball to jump out to a 4-0 lead in their half of the third inning after Clemente had recorded two quick outs. Cid Porter (Lincroft, NJ/Catholic University, DC) began the sudden attack with a walk and Dave Angstadt (Glen Allen, VA/The College of William & Mary, VA) singled to left. Isaiah Hall (Burlington Township, NJ/Lincoln University, PA) drew the second walk of the inning setting the stage for Joe Rotelli (Morganville, NJ/Dominican College, NY), who on a 3-2 count drove the ball deep over the centerfield fence for grand slam homer and a 4-0 Monarchs advantage.

The Monarchs added to their lead in the visitor’s sixth when Anthony Santoro (Manalapan, NJ/Rutgers University-New Brunswick, NJ) lined his second single of the game to right field and Robert Carmody (Canton, MA/University of Hartford, CT) followed suit with another single, also to right. Seth Ziegler (Red Bank, NJ/The College of New Jersey, NJ) was hit by a pitch, loading the bases for Cole Hardy (Middletown, NJ/Brookdale Community College, NJ), who drove yet another single to right, scoring Santoro. A fielder’s choice grounder off the bat of Porter produced the inning’s second run as Carmody crossed the plate, increasing the Monarchs lead to 6-0.

Clemente scored what would be their only run of the game in the home half of the sixth inning, courtesy of two walks, a hit batsman and a ground out by Chris Rodriguez (Manalapan, NJ/University of South Carolina-Upstate, SC)  that allowed Joe Piscopo (Matawan, NJ/Centenary College, NJ) to cross the plate.

Neither team was able to score in the remaining three innings, insuring the 6-1 Monarchs win.

Monarchs’ pitching was more than equal to the task in this game. Starter Ray Hughes (Forked River, NJ/Stockton University, NJ) went the first five, allowing just 4 hits while striking out 12 Clemente batters in one of the year’s standout mound performances. He was followed by John Vasiliu (Lawrenceville, NJ/Amherst College, NH) and closer Jake Voss (Brick, NJ/Kaiser University, FL) who allowed no runs and struck out 4 in his 2 innings of work.

Game Two

Pitching dominated in Game Two as both team struggled to gain an advantage.

Clemente produced some early offense when Brandon Radd (Edison, NJ/Drew University, NJ) singled to begin the third inning and with one out stole second base, putting himself in scoring position. Following a strikeout an outfield error allowed Radd to score the first run of the game.

Clemente increased their lead to 2-0 in the next inning on singles by Joe O’Rourke (Staten Island, NY/Fairleigh Dickinson University-Teaneck, NJ) and Gerardo Reyes (Bayamon, PR/Brookdale Community College, NJ). Both runners advanced to third and second respectively on a passed ball. The Monarchs defense again faltered as an infielder error allowed O’Rouke to score. Reyes also attempted to score on the play but was thrown out at the plate.

Clemente nursed their 2-0 lead into the sixth inning when Porter, who had three hits for the Monarchs in the game, doubled to right field, move to third on a wild pitch, and came home on a second wild pitch before a line out to center ended the inning.

Trailing 2-1 entering their last scheduled at bat, Tyler Coppo (Fitzwilliam, NH/University of Hartford, CT) kept the Monarchs hopes alive with a one out single. A strike out put Clemente one out away from victory, but a long single to right by Carmody allowed Coppo, who was running at the crack of the bat, to score the game-tying run all the way from first base.

Going into extra innings, the Monarchs capitalized on some uncharacteristic wildness by the Clemente pitching staff to complete their comeback and gain the victory. Zeigler was hit by a pitch to start off the bottom of the eighth. A single by Porter and walk to Angstadt loaded the bases, all with no outs. Hall came to the plate and quickly fell behind in the count 0-2, but failed to bite on any of the next four offerings, drawing a game-ending RBI base on balls, forcing in Ziegler and cementing the 3-2 Monarchs overtime win.

Despite the last inning problems the Clemente pitching was outstanding throughout the game, beginning with starter Jeff Serin (Hillsborough, NJ/Drew University, NJ) who went five scoreless innings holding the Monarchs to just 2 hits.

The Monarchs hurlers were equally impressive. The combination of Regan Dombrowski (Manasquan, NJ/Monmouth University, NJ), Alexis Calderon (Bethlehem, PA/Manhattan College, NY) and Xavier Czepiel (Southhampton, NJ/Rowan College at Gloucester County, NJ) allowed no earned runs and just 7 hits, while striking out 12 over their 8 innings on the hill.